Pioneers Erase Second Half Deficit to Beat Central Connecticut, 65-60
Feb. 12, 2005
NEW BRITAN, CT (February 12, 2005) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team battled back from an eight-point second half deficit to come away with a 65-60 Northeast Conference win at Central Connecticut Saturday afternoon. Trailing by eight with just over seven minutes to play, the Pioneers rattled off a 14-0 run to grab the lead and run away to their 13th win of the season.
With the score tied 2-2 in the early going, the Pioneers got going with an 8-0 run fueled by a pair of Colleen White (Richboro, PA) jumpers that forced Central to use a 30-second timeout. SHU built their lead to 21-9 at the 11 minute mark, their biggest lead of the half, on a Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) three followed by a steal and lay-up by Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) on the inbounds pass.
The Blue Devils dug in and began to climb back into the game. CCSU used an 8-0 run of their own to cut the lead to four, 24-20, at 6:51 forcing the Pioneers to burn their first timeout. The Pioneers came out and jumped the lead to 27-20 on Burke's third three of the half and kept the their lead to seven heading into halftime.
Central began the second half strong as Kim Boone fought her way underneath to bury a lay-up and draw a foul. Boone completed the three-point play at the line and the Pioneer lead was down to four. Sacred Heart built their lead back to seven over the next three minutes but the Blue Devils refused to go away.
Gabriella Guegbelet converted from down low and got Central off on an 8-1 run that sliced SHU's lead to just one, 41-40, with 12:21 on the clock. Sacred Heart's Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to three, 43-40 but a pair from Brittany Dixon at the line and a break-away lay-up by Aisha Williams on the next possession gave Central their first lead of the day at 44-43.
Central kept the offensive heat on, building their advantage with a pair of lay-ups and free throws by Boone and one-of-two from Brittany Dixon at the charity stripe. CCSU's lead peaked at eight, 53-45, with 7:14 to play as Williams once again converted on her way to the hoop. But that would be where the Blue Devil offense would stall and the Pioneers would make their move.
Rubino buried a long three to get SHU untracked and then free throws by Pape and the junior guard got the Pioneers back to within one at 53-52. After a missed three and a turnover by Central, Sacred Heart would grab the lead back for good as Walker snatched an offensive rebound and went back up and in for a 54-53 lead. SHU wasn't finished as White hit a jumper in the lane followed by a Burke's fourth three-point make of the day to cap a 14-0 Pioneer run and put the Red & White up six, 59-53.
Central's Boone hit a jumper to stop the bleeding on their next possession, ending a five minute and 14 second scoreless drought. Walker answered for the Pioneers on a pass from Pape and SHU buried all four of their free throws down the stretch to preserve the comeback win.
All five starters scored in double figures for Sacred Heart led by Rubino and White with 14 points each. Burke finished with 13 points and six assists while Walker picked-up her third double-double on the year with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Pape finished with 11 points and five boards in the win.
For Central, now 5-17 overall and 4-9 in the NEC, Boone finished with a game-high 18 followed by Krystal Coke who had 13 points and seven boards. Williams totaled 11 on the day while Guegbelet pulled down 12 boards.
The Pioneers, 13-9 overall and 10-3 in conference play are back in action on Monday night when they host St. Francis (NY) at 7 pm.